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Abbas appeals for more US help in peace process

Posted: 04/23/2008 - In a meeting with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice ahead of talks with President Bush on Thursday, Abbas said time was running out if that target laid out at the Annapolis Conference in November was to be met and that more pressure must be exerted on Israel to stop the expansion of Jewish settlements in the West Bank.

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CIA director to give up military uniform

Posted: 04/23/2008 - CIA Director Michael Hayden announced Wednesday he will retire from the Air Force in July after 39 years in uniform, but he will continue in his intelligence post as a civilian.

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Bear from movies turns on handler in Calif., killing him

Posted: 04/23/2008 - Harry Morse, a spokesman for the California Department of Fish and Game, said Stephan Miller, 39, was killed by a 5-year-old bear during the making of a promotional video for Randy Miller's Predators in Action center. The animal trainer who had been biten on the neck by a 700-pound, 7 1/2-foot-tall grizzly bear died at the scene.

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Boeing profit jumps 38 pct as orders grow in 1st quarter

Posted: 04/23/2008 - Boeing Co., the world's second biggest commercial airplane manufacturer, reported a better-than-expected 38 percent jump in its first-quarter earnings, as it improved efficiency and recorded more orders for its aircraft.

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Congress close on bill to ban genetic discrimination

Posted: 04/23/2008 - Lawmakers have agreed to make it illegal for employers and insurance companies to deny applicants jobs and health care coverage because DNA tests show they are genetically disposed to a disease.

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China's Everest torch plan draw journalists' concerns

Posted: 04/23/2008 - China's new plan for press coverage of the Olympic torch's ascent of Mount Everest has touched off a new controversy. Health experts and media groups said Wednesday the plan will expose reporters to undue health risks due to the altitude.

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Tony Bennett, Roberta Flack join others in saluting Jones

Posted: 04/23/2008 - Tony Bennett, Roberta Flack and Gloria Estefan were just a few of the performers on hand Tuesday night as the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers held a musical tribute to the groundbreaking composer and producer Quincy Jones who turned 75 last month. While there were few monologues about the man, several of the evening's singers chose to express their admiration for Jones by changing the lyrics to some of the songs he helped create.

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Microsoft tests subscription pricing for Office

Posted: 04/23/2008 - Instead of installing each program separately, a limited number of "beta" testers can download a bundle of Microsoft Word, Excel and other Office programs, the Windows Live OneCare antivirus program, Windows Live Mail and other free Windows Live programs.

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Expensive Fence Scrapped For Not Catching Illegals

Posted: 04/23/2008 - The government is nixing a $20 million fence prototype because it is not alerting authorities of illegal border crossings at an acceptable rate. The fence is on the Arizona-Mexico border.

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Southeast fire officials nervous about invasive weed

Posted: 04/23/2008 - Cogon grass can seem harmless - even beautiful - but forestry experts in South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and Alabama warn it's a killer. The invasive weed already has infested more than 1 million acres nationwide and experts say the Southeast's drought makes the highly flammable intruder more threatening than ever.

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Man Charged With Killing KC Bartender

Posted: 04/23/2008 - A Missouri man has been charged with murdering a bartender who refused him service. He lacked proper ID, and opened fire when he was unable to purchase a drink.

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Spider plague closes Australian hospital

Posted: 04/23/2008 - A tiny Australian hospital is closing temporarily because of an infestation of poisonous spiders. The Baralaba Multi Purpose Health Service will close for 24 hours starting Thursday morning so officials can fumigate the building to get rid of redback spiders that have been found in large numbers in the main part of the hospital.

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Star Jones Files For Divorce

Posted: 04/23/2008 - Former "View" co-host is ending her marriage. She caused a stir by promoting her wedding on her show three years ago, one of the reasons her contract was not renewed.

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Obama Puts Loss "In Perspective"

Posted: 04/23/2008 - Sen. Hilary Clinton earned a much-needed win over democratic rival Sen. Barack Obama. Both interpret the results in different ways.

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Gas Price Soar Across U.S.

Posted: 04/23/2008 - In some parts of the country, the $100 gas fill-up has become a harsh reality. People who fill up their vehicles are obviously not pleased with the situation.

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Gas Prices Climbing With No End In Sight

Posted: 04/23/2008 - Prices not expected to go down anytime soon as demand grows in spring, summer. California had the highest average price at $3.86 per gallon. Wyoming had the lowest average price at $3.39 per gallon. The national average was $3.50 per gallon.

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39 Whirlpool Workers Suspended Over Smoking Lies

Posted: 04/23/2008 - Dozens of Whirlpool factory workers suspended with pay for lying about smoking. The workers signed insurance paperwork claiming they did not use tobacco. The factory charges tobacco users an extra $500 in annual health insurance premiums.

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Toddler Dies on Flight From Germany to U.S.

Posted: 04/23/2008 - Two-year-old girl dies on flight to U.S. from Germany. Flight detoured to Ireland mid-flight after she died. The cause of the toddler's death remains unknown. The flight originated in Ethiopia with a stopover in Germany. The girl died during the Frankfurt-to-New York leg of the trip. Police are still investigating the circumstances of the toddler's death.

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Richie Sambora Strikes Deal in DUI Case

Posted: 04/23/2008 - Bon Jovi Richie Sambora pleads no contest to one misdemeanor count; another dropped. Sambora gets sentenced to 3 years of informal probation, plus classes and fees. Sambora's blood-alcohol level over legal limit when arrested.

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US Stocks Head for Moderately Lower Open

Posted: 04/23/2008 - Stocks appeared headed for a moderate decline Wednesday as investors awaited another round of first-quarter earnings reports and hoped the numbers would help determine where the economy is headed.

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